The majority of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon district Councillors have supported a deal to help bring strike action within the borough to an end.
Speaking following the meeting Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Mackle said:
“We are delighted that, at tonights council meeting, a majority of councillors supported this deal which will hopefully bring an end to industrial action.
“The past six weeks have been very difficult for everyone in the Borough. We now need to concentrate on recovery.
“Throughout this period the Sinn Féin group have been resolutely focused on getting an agreement that is fair to our valued staff and ratepayers. We believe the deal agreed tonight does just that.
“It targets our lowest paid staff whilst also acknowledging and rewarding all our staff.
“We must now to put our shoulders to the wheel and refocus our minds on the harsh winter ahead and how we, as a council, can support our workers and families.”
Also commenting on the deal Alliance Party group leader Councillor Peter Lavery has said, “Alliance welcomes this long overdue settlement, which we believe represents a fair deal for staff and protects public services.
“However, Alliance is firmly of the view that this deal could, and should, have been reached weeks ago. It has been hugely frustrating that while solutions existed, some political parties instead choose to needlessly prolong the industrial dispute.
“The past six weeks have been a disaster for ratepayers, our staff, and for our borough. The focus must now urgently turn to the clean-up operation and recovery of essential services, and key lessons must be learned by Council management.”